Recently, a manufacturing client contacted the Workplace Possibilities℠ program for recommendations on ergonomic adjustments that could be made to their entire production line to help improve the way employees were working. Like most production-oriented jobs, this client’s employees engaged in repetitive movements throughout their workday, which could create potential injuries or chronic pain down the […]
You could say there’s a lot more to Todd Meier than his day job.
As a Workplace Possibilities Program Coordinator with The Standard, he helps employers by designing, implementing and managing on-site vocational services to assist employees in remaining at and/or returning to work, and providing ergonomic training. He also plays a lead role by coordinating and providing ergonomic assessments and accommodations for internal employees. He holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and education, is a certified rehabilitation counselor and disability management specialist, and has completed coursework in ergonomics. His background truly helps guide his work, as he has experience working with disabled veterans and injured workers, as well as vast knowledge in ergonomics, counseling and aptitude testing.
Outside of work, Todd gets in touch with his creative side. He plays a variety of instruments from the basics, such as piano and saxophone, to the more obscure didgeridoo and berimbau (we had to look those up, too). He even dabbles in interpretive dance and slapstick comedy. You might also find him backpacking or kayaking.
Posts by Todd Meier
Recently, a professional football coach was sidelined from a prime-time game due to a severe migraine. While the condition made the news because of its effect on the big game, migraines often have a broader impact that hits closer to home. This is because migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world, and […]
The ultimate goal of any accommodation is to give people back their sense of autonomy, to remove obstacles and help them reach their full potential. As we frequently discuss, this goal often can be achieved through accommodations. Sometimes, these accommodations are straightforward and small; sometimes they are larger in scale and include assistive equipment — […]
I am always asked about what types of ergonomic equipment employers can proactively provide to their employees — especially for those who sit at desks all day. Most often, employers ask about swapping out an employee’s desk chair with a stability ball. While these alternative seating options may seem like a quick, easy and inexpensive […]
A common misconception among employees is that, if they reach out to the employee assistance program (EAP), their employer will find out about their health problems or see their medical records. While this isn’t true, employees may consider the EAP an extension of the employer instead of an employer-provided resource. Because of this misunderstanding, an […]
Our mothers always told us to sit up straight and, odds are, you rolled your eyes and ignored her request. As we’ve grown older, we’ve realized the importance of proper posture. Now we remind ourselves to sit up straight, not hunch our shoulders and stop slouching. But, while we are at least more conscious of […]